One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus


Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Pages: 368

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2017

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I tried so hard not to buy this book, but in the end I just could not resist. I mean, I am a bookworm after all, and don’t we all have basically no self-control when it comes to books? (Especially when they have sprayed edges, don’t judge).

One of Us is Lying really intrigued me. I enjoy murder mystery books and with this one being a contemporary novel, I really wanted to try it out. I downloaded a sample of it onto my Kindle while I was away and I did begin to read it but then I was a little worried that I’d get way to into it within those 4 pages they give you to sample and then I’d be upset because I couldn’t read the rest of it. So I ignored it on my Kindle and then when I got back, I’d gaze at it longingly in the bookshop. Then the author attended Yale and I was thinking about it again. After YALC, I just kept coming back to it and I read the first chapter in the bookshop and that was it. I had to buy it. I could no longer resist it. I’m glad I did pick it up. It was an interesting read and, as always with contemporary books, fairly quick.

This book starts off with 5 kids in detention and only 4 come out. It is assumed that one of the four kids murdered the other kid, however, they all deny it. One of them must be lying. This book follows each of the four kids over a small period of time and how they deal with being accused of murder. Now the reason that one of them must be behind the murder is because they all have a motive. This book follows them every day while the deal with the mess of being accused to their fellow classmates murder and jumps between multiple points of views. I can’t really decide who my favourite character was out of the four. Possibly Nate, because he seemed quite misunderstood. I felt that all four characters grew throughout this book and that their relationships with each other grew throughout this.

This book was fairly fast paced. The different points of view kept the pace up throughout the book which made it a relatively quick read. The writing was also pretty good and genuine for the age of the characters.

There was a twist at the end of this book and I honestly wasn’t totally shocked by it. I wasn’t that sure who did it, but I wasn’t that surprised when I found out who. One part of it definitely made sense, while the other part seemed a little bit more like it needed piecing together for the characters and us to understand.

Overall, I found this book to be enjoyable and I would recommend it. But please don’t ‘accidentally’ (it wasn’t an accident at all and I feel very guilty about it) read forward and spoil the book for yourself, because the twist was a little unexpected!

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